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International Day of Happiness – 20 March

Thu 27 Feb 2020

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Recognising the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal

March 20 is the International Day of Happiness and this year's theme is Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. Since 2012 this day’s aim is ‘To promote happiness as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of human beings around the world’.

We all want to lead a happy life and want the people we love to be happy too. But as a society we are not giving this enough priority. Our actions and choices can affect our happiness. What makes us happy has less to do with our money or possessions and more to do with our attitudes and relationships with other people. 

According to Action for Happiness there are 10 key areas in which we can take practical action to boost our happiness and to help prevent depression and anxiety.

GREAT DREAM - 10 keys to happier living

  • Giving– Do kind things for others
  • Relating – Connect with other people
  • Exercising – Take care of your body
  • Awareness – Live Life mindfully
  • Trying out – keep learning new things
  • Direction – Have goals to look forward to
  • Resilience – Find ways to bounce back
  • Emotion – Look for what’s good
  • Emotion – Look for what’s good
  • Acceptance – Be comfortable with who you are
  • Meaning – Be part of something bigger 

Take the Action for Happiness Pledge

“I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me”

What to do if you aren’t happy

  • Find 3 good thing each day
  • Thank the people you’re grateful for
  • Look for the good in those around you
  • Bring mindfulness into your day
  • Find your strengths and focus on them
  • Get help if you’re struggling

Police Mutual Products & Services

If you are struggling to be happy because of money worries, Police Mutual are here to help. We want to break down the stigma surrounding debt and get people talking about money.

We’ve teamed up with PayPlan, one of the UK’s leading free debt advice providers, who offer free and confidential advice to anyone in serious financial difficulties.

They’re able to advise you on a range of debt solutions suited to your individual circumstances, helping to protect you and your family with a sustainable way to manage your debt.

Get free and confidential help to combat your debt, call PayPlan on 0800 197 8433.  If you don’t want to talk on the phone contact them using their online form.

If you just want someone to talk to about emotional issues then call our Care Line Service provided by Health Assured. You can access advice and information at the end of a phone, helping with a range of concerns including emotional support.  To talk to someone please call 0800 028 1708 or take a look at the e-portal –

Health & Wellbeing e-portal

Username: policemutual

Password: careline


Police Mutual offer a range of wellbeing support services, for more details check out the For You pages on our website at

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